Liverpool are reportedly in pole position to add Jude Bellingham next year after Real Madrid cooled their interest in signing the midfielder. The Merseyside giants have been credited with an interest in England international on several occasions in the past, with the German manager thought to be a big fan.
Meanwhile, rivals Man City and Man United are also admirers of Bellingham, while Real Madrid had emerged as the frontrunner for his signature next summer. Liverpool are now thought to be at the front of the queue of clubs hopeful of landing Jude, who previously spent some time on Merseyside when he was playing at the Under-11 level.
The 19-year-old midfielder had a two-day trial at the club’s Kirkby academy and was impressed, enjoying a tour of the facilities but no transfer materialized.
The Reds are now the club most likely to land the English midfielder after Real Madrid stepped back in the race for his signature. The Englishman’s World Cup displays have seen his stock rise higher and the impact that has on his price tag is likely to prove influential.
It is claimed that Borussia Dortmund will now demand upwards of £125m for the midfielder, and that is a deal that Real Madrid will not countenance. This is due to their relative financial prudence in recent years, having been stung by their club record signing Hazard having a little impact since his switch from Chelsea in 2019.